“Simply from a visceral standpoint, after I see that billboard, I really feel prefer it’s talking for me and thousands and thousands of New Yorkers,” Mr. Hoylman mentioned.
However the billboards’ prominence additionally speaks to the resilience of Occasions Sq., he mentioned.
“They’re nonetheless getting consideration, regardless that they could not have the throngs of vacationers in earlier election cycles,” he mentioned.
They’re not the primary Occasions Sq. billboards linked to the Trumps which have provoked controversy.
A 2019 advert, paid for by an athletic put on firm, featured an image of President Trump tied up in entrance of the White Home.
Rick Wilson, a founding father of the Lincoln Undertaking, mentioned that the group’s advert marketing campaign — which was funded by an undisclosed personal donor — virtually didn’t survive.
On Friday night, officers from Outfront Media, which leased the Occasions Sq. billboards to the Lincoln Undertaking for 2 weeks at a value of roughly $100,000, referred to as the group after they realized of the letter from Mr. Kasowitz.
“Their response was very, ‘Oh, my God, now we have to take these down,’” Mr. Wilson mentioned.
“We mentioned, ‘Hear, you might be on the aspect of Donald Trump proper now as a significant publicly traded firm, or not,’” Mr. Wilson recounted. “‘However don’t anticipate us to be quiet for those who take this billboard down. We’ll inform the reality about what occurred.’”
A spokesman for Outfront Media didn’t reply to requests for remark.
The billboards will stay up via a minimum of Nov. 5, two days after the election.
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